DIY Wrap Swimsuit ( Third Version)

Here is the last garment I made last month, a wrap-style swimsuit made from lycra fabric from my stash. I made two similar swimsuits before and I was happy with the fit. So, I was okay with the process and was sure it would turn out as well as the previous ones.  The process took me two days, just right before our holiday. And I immediately packed it as soon as it finished.  I love this wrap swimsuit, the design hides the fatty tummy and is comfortable to wear for swimming. Also, the wrap style adds something special, so girly and stylish. For the pattern, I used my self-draft (TNT: tried and true pattern) and the sewing process was started by cutting the fabric pieces, sewing the elastic on the front lining and continuing to pin the necessary parts. I prepared the bands for the back ties and the side wrap. Sewing them as a loop and turning them inside out. I pinned and sewed the bands (ties) on the right front piece (wrap) and backside. Stitched the

Raglan Cap Sleeve Dress - Burdastyle 08/2014

I was searching for the right pattern for my Liberty cotton tana lawn that I bought in London last year and happy I found Burdastyle raglan sleeve chiffon dress 08/2014. I think that my lightweight fabric is close enough to the original fabric suggestion.
The original dress pattern has gathered cap sleeve, scoop neckline, pin-tucked front, hidden pockets and mini length. But in mine, I did the pin-tuck at the back too, omitted the hidden pockets because they look bulky on my final dress and I lengthen the dress to knee length. 
Also, I omitted the body lining as the original pattern because my fabric wasn't transparent.

The sewing process was more time consuming than it should be, because I have to remove hidden/in-seam pockets after attached and sewn in the body.
Also, I tried three times sewing and removing the pin-tucks until I get the right measurements/length. In the end, the front pin-tucks ended right in my waistline and back pin-tucks ended 5 cm on top of my waistline.
The raglan sleeves were gathered on both sides of neckline, I basted them using two line of stitches then gathered and sewed the neckband. And then removed the basting after I did the neck band.
I used zipper foot to sew the sleeve hem because I don't own hemming foot. Surprisingly the result was okay.
The raglan cap sleeve is so airy and perfect to wear in hot humid summer. I finished the armhole by folding the serged seam allowance 1 cm and stitched until the cap sleeve.
Also, I omitted the belt loops because I will wear this dress without belt. I used 2 cm hem allowance stitched with blind hem.
Things that I like most about this dress are the gathered cap sleeve and the pin-tucks even I am not sure if the cap sleeve flatter my arm, but who cares 😁

Speaking about the back side of the dress, I felt a little bit tight at the back started on the waist down that made the end of pin-tucks popping out. So, I need to remember to pulling the dress down from time to time otherwise the end of pin-tucks will crumple and makes my bump much bigger and bubbling while I am walking 😄 Hope you understand what I mean.
I will add more centimetres in both sides of the back dress next time I make this pattern again to avoid all the problems above.
No zipper needed for this dress, easy peasy and fun.
Last picture of me wearing this dress, hope to wear it in our summer holiday.
Also, this dress is my entry for #magamsewalong June "Journey" hosted by lovely Sarah Liz Sew Style and #burdachallenge2018 for June 2018. I participated both challenges on Instagram.
Happy Sewing everyone!

Hana @velvetribbon_sew


  1. Such a lovely summer dress, Hana! The feeling of wearing Liberty tana lawn is so comfortable, isn‘t it? I love the cap sleeves, too, there is nothing wrong with your arms! I can believe this needed some time with the pintucks. I loved reading all the details of your sewing process. Have a lovely time wearing it in your summer holidays!

    1. Thank you so much dear Sasa. Liberty tana lawn is so comfy and perfect for our hot humid weather.

  2. The pin tucks on the front add such a pretty element to the dress!

  3. Your dress has such lovely details, Hana. Of course the sleeves look great on your arms! You really did a great job.

  4. Liberty Lawn is beautiful and much more wearable and easier to sew than chiffon - imagine doing pintucks with chiffon. I like your hemming foot solution! The dress really is very pretty, and is going to be lovely and cool to wear. Yes, some dresses do need adjusting, but I doubt anyone will notice if your bottom bubbles!

    1. Nobody noticed the bottom bubbles, wore the dress last day and it was so good and cosy too. Thank you Sarah Liz 💕

  5. You are such an inspiration for every one! Your dress looks fabulous on you! ♥ I have nominated you to The Mystery Blogger award,

    1. Thank you so much dear Ellen for the lovely words and the award ❤ You are such an inspiration too.


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